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about all of that and get all of latest including what's happening out in the state of michigan. but first, we take time out for today's current news update. lisa ferguson's got it out in los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. americans are calling for a major overhaul of the republican party. especially when it comes to the g.o.p.'s pro rich policies. according to a new bloomberg national poll, 87% of people say it's time for some type of change. even support within the republican party is low. only 16% of g.o.p. members think their party is fine the way it is. nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows favorability is slipping. only 30% of those respondents see the party in a positive light. 45% say they don't approve. at issue here is the view of republicans as the party of the rich. voters say it is time to broaden the base and change what they value. some big topics include gay marriage immigration and abortion rights. if republicans are looking to change their stanc
right now. >> we start with a fox news alert out of lansing, michigan. we're seeing angry and physical confrontations at the state capitol as lawmakers approve the first of two controversial right-to-work bills protecting nonunion workers from being forced to pay union dues. welcome to "america live," everyone, i'm allison cam rat to in for megyn kelly today. the bill could be signed by the governor as early as tomorrow. pro-union protesters responding with shouts of "shame on you" from the gallery as huge crowds mass on the state capitol grounds. we understand police are ready with riot gear in case things turn ugly. thousands of union supporters have been at the statehouse since early today stomping their feet, chanting, as you can hear there, one union boss saying, quote: we're going to take you on and take you out. nearby an angry confrontation breaking out. union protesters apparently storming the tent of the local chapter of conservative group americans for prosperity, tearing it down and then going after some right-to of work supporters -- right-to-work supporters. let's watch t
of michigan. the fight coming to a head over that state's right to work law as thousands of protesters swarched the state capital. union supporters are rallying around the capital building itself in lansing as gop lawmakers from both state houses vote on a bill that would significantly weaken union rights in a state considered one of the cradles of the labor movement. the law prohibits workers from being required to pay union dues as a condition of employment. republican governor schneider saying that he'll sign that bill right away making michigan the 24th state with the right to work. >>> yesterday president obama joined the chorus of voices condemning this move. >> by the way, what we shouldn't do, i just got to say this, what we shouldn't be doing is taking away your right to bargain for better wages. giving you the right to work for less money. >> nbc is live from lansing, michigan, and from detroit i'm joined by michigan democratic congressman gary peters. ron, i'm going to start with you. describe the scene for us there and what's at stake. >> reporter: good day to you. it just
tonight in the state of michigan. it's seriously astonishing stuff. we'll get very deep into it. but there is another equally if not more seismic political story tonight out of washington. and that is where we begin. today will be seen, remembered, as a huge day in the republican party's continuance of war. something really big happened. south carolina senator jim demint announced today he'll be leaving the senate. he'll not be there anymore. he's leaving to head a think tank called the heritage foundation where he stands to make something like ten times his current salary. yay for jim demint, good money. kind of. it's good for him, but it's really good for his colleague, republican senate leader mitch mcconnell. you see, jim demint is not your ordinary senator. he's like the grover norquist of the senate. he's the guy the other republican senators are really afraid of. and that is because more so than anyone else and definitely more than any other republican politician, demint is behind the tea party strategy of purifying the republican party in the cleansing fire of party prim
love strong. >>> when michigan republicans came back after this last election and suddenly moved without warning to get rid of union rights in their state, one of the things that was so shocking about it was that they had not campaigned on doing that. that was not what this election was about in michigan. in fact, the republican governor of the state, rick snyder, said that he didn't want to do that. but they kim back after this election and they did it anyway. all of a sudden in a bit of a surprise attack. their cover, what they explained about why they felt justified doing it, was that michigan voters in this election had voted against a pro-union rights constitutional amendment. governor rick snyder explained that because the voters said no to an unrelated pro-union rights measure he felt that was a green light for him to strip union rights across the state. the logic is a stretch. but at least you can sort of follow it, right? well, now there's this. in the 2012 election, in this past election michigan voters also got to vote on governor snyder's emergency manager law, which
. controversial right-to-work measures will soon be the law of the land in michigan. republican governor rick snider signed the law despite wide protests at the capitol. the law will make it illegal for a union employee to pay union dues as a condition of their employment. >> let's explain that. just for half a second. then we'll go on. right to work, what does it mean? people ask me, what does it mean? it means unions can force somebody to pay them if they want to get a job in the state of michigan. >> well, what it means is, if you get a job, the union extracts money from your paycheck for the dues for union dues. >> well, yeah. >> automatically. >> automatically. >> you've got no choice. oh, you want to work here? well, you've got to pay us. >> right. >> what if i don't want to pay you? what if i don't want to support the candidates you support? what if they're the antithesis of my values? too bad. and so i've never understood this. >> governor snider says it was the unions who started the fight in the first place. by trying to add collective bargaining rights in the state's constitution.
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. the republican war on labor unions goes on and on in the state of michigan, from wisconsin to ohio and now to michigan we've got to fight back and we will. plus all of the news of the day. but first, we get the latest. start off with today's current news update from lease a ferguson standing buy out in los angeles. hi, lease a. good morning. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. as bill mentioned, president obama is taking his fiscal cliff campaign back on the road again today. he is headed today redford, michigan where he will tour a diesel plant and speak to middle class workers. he will push his plan to raise encloses above 250 -- to raise taxes above $250,000 a year. president obama met with house speaker boehner for the first time in more than three weeks. the house is still refuseing to pass obama's tax plan much less agree to other policies. josh earnest is not giving any details into yesterday's. some republicans are coming around on improving higher tax rates for the wealthy. bob corker said on fox news sunday, obama does have the upper hand on taxes
this week in michigan. sure, you can make more money, i know, by skirting the edges. by not enforcing standards to ensure the health and well-being of our workers but i ask you... what is more important? a few bucks? or real people's lives? for more on this story i'm joined by labor and workplace reporter steven greenhouse. he's reported on the fire in bangladesh. he's reported on similar fire in pakistan that killed another 226 people. he's coming to us from new york. steven, welcome back inside "the war room." >> nice to be here. >> jennifer: so i'm curious in response to the bangladesh incident walmart released a statement saying that a supplier subcontracted work to this factory without authorization and in direct violation of our policies. today the statement says we have terminated the relationship with the supplier. will blaming the subcontractor get them out of this? >> walmart is one of the biggest producers in bangladesh. h and m uses many factories. it uses many subcontractors. walmart said we didn't know that th
open between the speaker and the president. president obama took his argument to michigan yesterday, where he also weighed in on a right to work all that's making its way through the state today -- a right to work law. do you support or oppose those laws? michigan will become the 24th state to have one. the phone lines are open. also, send us a tweet or a facebook post, or send us an e- mail. here's what the president said yesterday in michigan. [video clip] >> these right to work law don't have to do with economics. they have everything to do with politics. what they are really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money. [cheers and applause] you only have to look to michigan, where workers were instrumental in reviving the auto industry and to see how unions have helped to build not just a straw upper-middle-class but a stronger america -- stronger middle-class but a stronger america. people and should be focused on the same pink. they should be working to make sure companies like this manufacturer is able to make more great products. that's what they should be f
to have an armed staff member and called gun control advocates naive. michigan will not allowed concealed carry in schools or churches. governor rick snyder vetoed that bill saying public institutions need the legal authority to ban weapons from their building if they choose. on both sides of the aisle opening up the gun control debate. speaker boehner is calling for a republican discussion on guns. in a closed door meeting, he did placate conservatives saying he will not do anything major but it is time to depoliticize the gun issue. the nra is ending its silence planning to hold a major news conference on friday. later this morning, president obama will formally announce his new task force on reducing gun violence. that's led by vice president joe biden. more bill coming up after the break. stay with us. let's rock and roll. there is so much going on that every day presents another exciting issue. from financial regulation, iran getting a nuclear bomb, civil war in syria, fraud on wall street, destruction of medicare and medicaid. there are real issues
. >> including the shooter who turned the gun on himself. >>> a legal landmark in michigan. once a union strong hold, the new measure that is dealing a serious blow to organized labor. >>> then call it the safety dance. the cop who is really busting a move or two. >> he's having fun on his job. i can appreciate that. >> getting low, getting low, getting low. i wonder if he has a sound track out there for him. or just his own tunes going on in his head. >>> but first, the white house is out with a strong reaction to north korea's successful test firing of a long-range ballistic missile. >> the obama administration calls the launch a highly provocative act that threatens regional security. the question now, does the threat extend to this country? >> reporter: in a breaking news broadcast, north korean television celebrated the regime's successful test of the long-range rocket from its launch site. it is the second attempt by the north koreans this year. last april, a similar test failed within minutes after takeoff. this time, the rocket traveled directly over okinawa, before falling 180 miles no
the vote to in michigan. what is the media silent? the federal government does not think we have a spending problem because millions more will be spent on a new wind project. what is a difference between a $10 a bottle of wine and 10,000? we found a surprising answer. next. tracy: spending taxpayers money is only a federal problem. check this out. this atlanta mayor, approving the city council to receive -- wait for it -- 50% pay increase starting in 2014. do they not have tv in atlanta? you heard it right. 50%. the council council members voted to raise their own pay earlier this month. these employers employees are also demanding that pays well. they are wanting to raise the income for these city employees. really? fiscal cliff? deficit? that? anyone? what steps can you take to lower your tax burden mr.? we have dominant from diversified financiaa consultants. you talk with them leaders. what do they say? >> they are working diligently to get this compromise. if you look at the economic and tax issues facing us in 2013, it's going to go either bad or really bad. it is not going to be a co
. speaker, very much. mr. speaker, as a representative from ohio, a state that borders michigan, i rise to stand in solidarity with the workers of michigan. many ohioans i represent actually drive to work in michigan. and due to the highhanded actions of michigan's governor and its legislature, they actually railroaded legislation through michigan with no hearings to take away the rights of michigan workers to fund the collective bargaining process that results in living wage workers' contracts. the workers of michigan are fighting to maintain their rights to a fair day's wage, for a fair day's work. i support their rights and the rights of every american to organize and negotiate by contract for proper pay and benefits, regardless of which state they live in. the rights of labor by contract are critical to growing our middle class as opposed to rights by happenchance that are always up for grabs where workers have no rights and live in fear of the future. michigan's republican ideologues passed so-called right to work legislation. let's be clear, the bill being pushed there should be c
to work bill signed earlier this w week in michigan. i'm all for healthy debate about any issue but a debate must be based on the factions which is not the debate lou dobbs seems interested in. >> despite the president's misleading suggestions to the contrary michigan workers still tonight have the right to form and join a union. they still have the right to bargain, collectively. and what this law changes is forced union membership. i repeat, forced union membership. >> eliot: repeat it all you want no matter how many times you say it, it will still be flat-out wrong. federal law clearly prohibits unions from requiring membership. this has been made clear in a series of supreme court cases including 1963's national labor relations board v general motors. 195's pattern maker league v. national labors board. it states that workers are only required to pay a fee that covers collective bargaining and other actions from which they directly benefit and none of the unions political activities. just to make it clear
to push through this right to work. >> this is interesting actually. michigan is a heavily unionized state so why would it be going right to work. there's enormous downward pressure on wages on american companies around the world that can make things cheaper elsewhere than here and our wages are uncompetitive in a lot of ways. in effect what people in michigan have to decide, do you want fewer jobs at higher wages or lower jomore jobs at lower w they have decided they want more jobs. >> you look at michigan and detroit, that's a pretty easy answer. >> the unemployment rate. >> the unemployment rate is horrible. detroit in 1960, i think, was one of the wealth nest city if not the wealthiest city in america and now one of the poorest. >> the fourth largest. >> this is a done deal, going through the house today, to a republican governor and says he will sign it. >> it's symbolic of two things, one, the politics of it all, what we've seen in wisconsin and elsewhere and the unpopularity of unions these days and secondly an economic phenomenon, basically a statement we want jobs and we're willin
a massive win for progressives and elizabeth warren. >>> then senator debbi stabenow of michigan on the latest in the fight to end republican obstruction. and the people creating petitions on the white house website are getting more and more creative. we'll tell you what the new petition to build a death star. >>> good to have you with us. thanks for watching. democrats are determined to extend the middle class tax cuts before the end of the year. that's the bottom line. party leaders and members are all on the same page. president obama rejected the latest proposal from john boehner. the president and the democrats are focused on revenue and they are determined to make sure that the top tax rates go up. >> unfortunately, the speaker's proposal right now is still out of balance. he talks, for example, about $800 billion worth of revenues, but he says he's going to do that by lowering rates. when you look at the math, it doesn't work. >> harry reid wasted no time explaining why the boehner proposal is not serious. >> math. you can't get from here to there unless you raise the rate
, look at these violent scenes from michigan. the right to work battle was far from peaceful in the state capital yesterday, and it's not over. why are these unions so angry about giving workers free choice? why is so much of the news media carrying the union's water by not reporting the story? we'll have some answers in just a little while. now, the market gyrated today over ben bernanke and the fed. at first they loved the new bond buying and money printing message. but then they gave up all their gains feeling unemployment may drop faster and the party would somehow be over. i'm not sure i understand this but we'll ask our experts mike, i gue i guess the idea is maybe the unemployment gets to 6.5% and the 0 interest rate goes up, why would that be bad? sometimes i don't understand the stock market at all. >> i don't think it's the employment figure. i think it's the inflation number that bernanke threw out there, larry. you also mentioned 2.5% inflation as being certainly that would look him put the brakes on. we look at treasuries relative to tips, it's a at 3.08%. i think the market
to brownsville. everyone in this chamber will miss her. i know i speak for all of my colleagues when i michigan wish kay bailey -- when i wish kay billy hutchison the i have best in the next exciting chapter of her life. i join with my colleagues in saying to you, via condios. mr. hatch: mr. president, i want to join in thanking kay for her great service here in the united states snavment i've worked very closely with her on a wide variety of issues and i have to say there's no more fires advocate. in fact, i have to say that all of our women senators are fierce advocates and we've been greatly benefited by having them herement and kay has parved the way for -- has paved the way for autumn in of senators, both male and fe female, to become better senators. kay bailey hutch song is a great senator. she worked her guts out the whole time she was here -- and she's still here, but she's going to retire this time. and she represented texas well. and all i can say is that she's been my friend all this time, and when i needed help from her, she was always there. i tried to be there for her when she ne
from michigan. >> the gentleman from michigan is recognized for three minutes. >> he this is an important moment, an important moment. these bills move the nation dangerously closer to the cliff with only 11 days before our nation would go over it. they make finding common ground far more difficult, with only 11 days left to find it. these bills are not a plan, they are a ploy. they are builds to nowhere. they undermine trust essential for agreement. we just heard. the republicans claim letting the tax rate go up from 35% to 39.6% on income over $1 million is not a tax hike because they would happen on its own. then they say that if the tax cut would go up on income below $1 million by having on its own, it would be the biggest tax increase in history. that is patently inconsistent. far worse than the hypocrisy is the way they designed their tax provisions. for those with incomes over $1 million, they have provided tax cuts of at least $50,000. they raise only 1/3 of the revenue contained in the speaker's discussions with the white house and far less than proposed by
located at 220 elm avenue in munising, michigan as the elizabeth kinnunen post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rules the gentleman from texas and golf new york each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. farenthold: i yield myself such time as i may consume and ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and add extraneous material to the record regarding h.r. 3378. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. farenthold: thank you very much, mr. speaker. h.r. 3378 introduced by the gentleman from michigan, mr. been she can would dedicate the postal service buildings as the elizabeth l. kinnunen post office building. this was reported from the government oversight and reform committee on february 7, 2012. she was a strong pillar of her community. she and her husband operated a boarding house and together they raised 11 children. two of their sons fought bravely for their country and tragically gave their lives. one of her so
by 2015. nearly all the improvements and new jobs will occur at four facilities in southeast michigan. ford says -- at four facilities in southeast michigan. ford says this will address growth plans for the next few years. the company currently has about 172,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide. meantime, toyota expects to sell nearly 10 million vehicles this year, bouncing back from a disaster-struck 2011. the numbers released this week underlined toyota's motor corp. 's solid turnaround from the destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami in japan in 2011 that hurt sales and underlined the japanese automaker's ambitions. toyota recently reached a settlement of more than $1 billion to resolve hundreds of lawsuits from toyota owners who said the value of their cars and trucks plunged after the recalls. and finally, four major retailers agreed to recall baby recliners linked to infant deaths. amazon.com, bye-bye baby, toys r us are recalled nap nannies generation 1 and 2 and the chill model infant recliners. they are linked to at least five infant deaths. the manufacturer has gon
property byunion members after the vote in michigan. but by? lou dobbs weighs in. apparently the federal government doesn't agree with spending problem because millions more of your tax dollars are about to be spent on new projects. we will break it down. and what is the difference between a 10-dollar bottle of wine and one that cost over 10,000? we talked one of the country's biggest wine retailers and found biggest withe boys use and found capital one venture miles for their annual football trip. that's double miles you can actually use. tragically, their ddy got sacked by blackouts. but it's our tradition! that's roughing the card holder. but with the capital one venture card you get double miles you can actually use. [ cheering ] any flight, anytime. the scoreboardoesn't lie. what's in your wallet? hut! i have me on my fantasy team. try: spending taxpayers money is only a federal problem. check this out. this atlanta mayor, approving the city council to receive -- wait for it -- 50% pay increase starting in 2014. do they not have tv in atlanta? you heard it right. 50%. the council co
the vote in michigan. but by? lou dobbs weighs in. apparently the federal government doesn't agree with spending problem because millions more of your tax dollars are about to be spent on new projects. ill break it down. and what is the difference between a 10-dollar bottle of wine and one that cost over 10,000? we talked one of the country's biggest wine retailers and found biggest wine retailers and found a surpri twins. i didn't see them coming. i have obligations. cute obligations, but obligatio. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. tracy: spending taxpayers money is only a federal problem. check this out. this atlanta mayor, approving the city council to receive -- wai
", violence and destruction of private property by union members after the vote in michigan. but by? lou dobbs weighs in. apparently the federal government doesn't agree with spending problem because millions more of your tax dollars are about to be spent on new projects. we will break it down. and what is the difference between a 10-dollar bottle of wine and one that cost over 10,000? we talked one of the country's biggest wine retailers and found a surprising answer. we are on the case next on "the willis report" tracy: spending taxpayers money is only a federal problem. check this out. this atlanta mayor, approving the city council to receive -- wait for it -- 50% pay increase starting in 2014. do they not have tv in atlanta? you heard it right. 50%. the council council members voted to raise their own pay earlier this month. these employers employees are also demanding that pays well. they are wanting to raise the income for these city employees. really? fiscal cliff? deficit? that? anyone? what steps can you take to lower your tax burden mr.? we have dominant from diversified financiaa co
the gentleman from michigan, mr. curson, for five minutes. mr. curson: thank you, mr. chairman. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and to insert material into the record on the subject of representative emanuel cleaver's retirement as chair of the congressional black caucus. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. curson: i, too, offer my congratulations to representative cleaver for his service to all americans as the c.b.c. chair. millions of americans are out of work through no fault of their own. millions of americans are relying on federally funded benefits to make ends meet and -- as the nation starts recovering. these long-term benefits for the unemployed will immediately and completely stop on december 29, 2012, unless we in congress act. there is no phaseout. every individual receiving those benefits now will be cut off cold. the department of labor estimates that over two million americans will lose their emergency benefits at the end of the year, including over 92,000 people in my home state of michi
. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan. mr. levin: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. levin: i did not know i would follow the distinguished majority leader. i just want to say -- and i also want to talk about plan c -- br for he or anybody else to come on the floor and say the president hasn't proposed spending cuts, it isn't true and it undercuts the necessary level of trust to find common ground. that kind of a statement should not be made. i sat in the rules committee for three hours, participated for two last night. there was no reference to plan c, and it came up just a few minutes secretly before midnight. the purpose of plan c is to try to get votes for plan b within the republican conference. and what it does is to undermine the affordable care act by eliminating the protections and the joint task committee said it would result in a loss of health insurance coverage for 420,000 people. it would repeal the block grant, the social services block grant, services for millions of americans, and it wasn't m
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santa, yeah, got to like this one. this is mia from michigan, who apparently did not enjoy her first meeting with jolly old st. nick. >> if you have some awkward christmas pics, we ask you to send them to us. >> and we'll show them on the air and laugh at your expense. experience. ♪ >>> this morning on "world news now," a call for help. dozens of top executives join northeast governors in demanding congress come up with billions of dollars in sandy aid and do it now. >> nearly seven weeks after the storm, they're telling lawmakers not to leave washington for the holidays without approving that money. it 's friday, december 14. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good friday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. congress is feeling new pressure to pass that hurricane sandy aid legislation. that is our top story. >>> also ahead, susan rice shaping up the selection process for the next secretary of state. why the u.n. ambassador, the frontrunner to replace hillary clinton, now says she doesn't want the job. >>> and then the stars all have their stylist
for being here. good times on a friday night. - big week forrganized labor a stunning defeat in michigan and the right to work a lot that part was look covered but was largely ignored was this. union members desperately a clinging to power violence violence, assault and destruction of private property. will anybody be charged? why are some looking the other way? lou dobbs joins us tonight. this infuriates you? >> at the same time we should get used to the fact that daschle liberal media will make choices that are inexplicable other than their own by as. what we watched it was conservative comedian being punched and he shows that he could take a pretty good punch but cbs, nbc left this part of the story out and so it did abc referred to the violence without specificity. they also left out democratic state representative got a little carried away and started to talk about the undue 100 years of labor progress quote-unquote there will be blood record jimmy hoffa said there will be a civil war. this is the language that would is used time and time again but completely ignored by cbs, abc, an
: i thank the gentleman, i yield a minute and a half to the gentleman from michigan. mr. curson: my grandson stood here with me when i took my oath of office one of the proudest moments of my life. just moments before this horrible act took place, michigan's lame duck legislators allowed persons to bring concealed firearms into schools, college dorms, churches, hospitals, bars and sports stadiums. firearms have absolutely no place in our schools. the tragic massacre at sandy hook is a chilling and heartbreaking reminder of this. last week, innocent children, babies, went to school to a safe place where they loved to be. six public servants went to school to the children they loved almost as much as their own. those six died trying to save those precious gifts. 20 of those babies were savagely murdered. we witnessed this who are endous murders before at virginia tech, 16 murdered at the university of texas as austin, 13 students and faculty murdered at columbine. i support reasonable gun ownership. senate bill 59 is now sitting on governor snyder's desk. in the spirit of this resolut
that we get our economy in full gear. wand that i yield to mr. levin. >> the gentleman from michigan. >> i did not know i would follow the distinguished majority leader. i just want to say i mostly want to talk about plan c but for him or anybody else to come on the floor and say the president hasn't proposed spending cuts, it isn't true and it undercuts the necessary level of trust to find common ground. that kind of a statement should not be made. i said in the rules committee for three hours, participated for two last night. there was no reference to plan c. and it came up just a few minutes secretly before midnight. the purpose of plan c is to try to get votes for plan b twn republican conference. and what it does is to undermine the affordable care act by eliminating the protections and it would result in the loss of health insurance coverage for 420,000 people. it would repeal the block grant, is social services block grant, services for millions of americans and it wasn't machine years ago when chairman camp wrote ssg has been a key source of funding -- of flexible funding for criti
? the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. ms. stabenow: thank you, mr. president. today i rise because middle-class families are counting on the house of representatives to do the right thing between now and the end of the year, which is just 19 days away for the house to pass the middle-class tax cuts that we sent them back in july. families need help. when we talk about fiscal cliff, the most important one is the -- what families are struggling with every day, and we only have 19 days until taxes on middle-class families go up by an average of $2,200 if the house of representatives doesn't act to make sure that 98% of the american public is protected from tax increases. as we know, we passed the middle-class tax cut act on july july 25. so far, the house has not acted. 19 days, they have 19 days until the end of this year in order to act. time is running out. country, a long-term plan for fiscal solvency and for our economy. and by the way, we'll never get out of debt with close to 12 million people out of work, so we better be focused on jobs and the economy as i am each and every d
is agreed to as modified. mr. levin: move to reconsider. the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. mr. levin: i move to lay on the table. the presiding officer: without objection. under the previous order, amendment numbered 3123 -- the senate will be in order. under the previous order, amendment numbered 3123 as modified is agreed to. the clerk will read the bill for the third time. the clerk: calendar 419, s. 3254, a bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for military activities, and so forth and for other purposes. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the question occurs on s. 3254 as amended. the senator from michigan. mr. levin: madam president, i will take but one minute. the presiding officer: the senate will be in order. go ahead. mr. levin: i will take but just one minute. i just feel so grateful and so proud that a tradition of our committee in this senate has been maintained. our 51st cost-effective defense authorization -- 51st consecutive defense authorization bill, a bill that is vitally important to our nation. i'm grateful to our colleagu
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was elected. i think we need to chase that. host: fifth let's hear from me now from midland, michigan. caller: i think it looks pretty good. i do not know how they are going to print out all of the new tax forms by the time we go to fill out our taxes. i am a republican and a bit less than $15,000 a year. i will pick up a beer can or a beer bottle when i am going down the street. most definitely. i have to collect them some days just to get by. as far as kicking the can of the road, i believe -- i do not believe in that. i think republicans have to face the fact that the conservatives always believe in a balanced budget. they always do. they have to scale down the monstrosity of a government they have. host: a reminder to all of our callers, please keep the sound of doubt on your tv set at home. -- keep the sound down on your tv set at home. here is a short piece from the interview on why the senator is leaving office. [video clip] >> many reasons. i have served here 20 years. less than 5 percent have serve that long. some of it is i am tired of living out of a suitcase. i miss 80% of my wife
and love the outdoors, which is why i especially want to highlight our work to protect lake michigan. beginning with the first bill i introduced in the house, the great lakes water protection act, along with my good friends, i'm proud of our efforts to keep lake michigan clean. this legislation would prohibit waste water pollution from running into the great lakes, but our work to protect the 10th district's most cherished natural resource did not stop there. we focused on in supporting great lakes initiative through authoring and supporting funding amendments and advocating its importance, all to make sure this important program to protect the great lakes is adequately funded. i'm proud we have been able to facilitate the cleanup of waukegan harbor. it has finally started under our watch. so much work in getting this accomplished has happened and i want to thank suesey and jerry and cam for their dedicated service for cleaning up the harbor. getting finally lake county's pathway to the great lakes. i also want to highlight another cause which i have been proud to champion and that i
in the navy. fay will be missed by her two sisters in michigan plus many her neez live niece lives in -- memorial services were held on november 17. ms. bingham will be greatly missed. thank you to debby, from human services network for alerting us to the passing of ms. bingham. also i have a couple of other wanted to say that coming up on the imperative agenda is a resolution in support of small business saturday which is the saturday two days after thanksgiving. and the resolution -- the imperative agenda resolution declares november 24, 2012 the citizen after thanksgiving holiday as small business holiday to celebrate increasing awareness of locally owned small business in san francisco. small businesses have less than 100 employees represent 98% of employ approximately 50% of employees in the private sector. small businesses also contribute to 52% of the total sales of taxes paid by businesses in the city. it's also important to note for every $100 spent locally owned independent businesses generate $68 iní%( z5 local economic act, and that compares to only $43 by the national
point. >> lying. it's the sport of the future! >> stephanie: okay. yorg in michigan. you are on the "stephanie miller show." hello yorg. you sound like you could be a romney kid. >> caller: yeah. i was just calling because it was about two months ago that i first saw the "stephanie miller show" on current. and i was like this exists? >> stephanie: what is this elusive creature. >> caller: yes. yes. i'm in the entertainment industry, and i actually on facebook and all of my sites, i don't usually talk about how liberal i am and i just wanted to know like how -- i mean how your life is -- because i also think that -- like being a liberal, you almost don't want to pigeon hole yourself as a liberal, which is different than like a republican -- i'm sorry right-wing, because they at least have their religion and all of that kind of stuff, where they can hold on to like they do have a doctrine and if it goes past that it's wrong. but for us -- >> stephanie: it's too late for me i actually have a big sign behind me that says talking liberally. [ laughter ]
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